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Low funding could mean higher tuition
ASU students will suffer program cuts and a possible tuition increase if the Arizona Legislature does not pass the University's budget request. The request totals $58 million and will be up for approval during the session that begins in January.

The funds would be divided to accommodate increases in enrollment, operation and maintenance of new buildings, and the cost of employee health care and retirement plans, said Gaye Murphy, associate director for the Office of Budget Planning and Management.

Smoking students pushed farther from Memorial Union
Student smokers who congregate on part of the Memorial Union's patio soon may need to find a new place to light up. In a meeting of managing partners who represent the MU's businesses, a plan to rezone the three-tier patio was announced Thursday.

Visiting Russian scholar dies accidentally in apartment
Dmitrii Vladimirovich Krioukov came to ASU with a mission: to learn the skills that would make him a better English teacher when he returned to his home in Volgograd, Russia. He died before he had the chance.

ASU law students train others in mediation skills
ASU's College of Law is developing the Alternative Dispute Resolution pro bono program, a unique clinic that provides mediation services to the community and educational opportunities to law and graduate students.

Police Beat: Drug possession a crystal-clear mistake
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a 29-year-old transient man arrested on drug possession charges after he reportedly was found in possession of a large quantity of crystal methamphetamines.

Art school to open new, improved gallery
Gallery 100 is located on the ground floor of the Engineering Center A-wing, and its size and appearance far exceeds those of the previous three galleries at ASU, said Jon Sharer, director of the School of Art.

Before the new gallery, there wasn't an exhibition space large enough to accommodate all the art from seniors and ASU grad students each year, Sharer said.

Touching 'Radio' tunes into human story of football player
Radio, originally inspired by a true story, focuses on the friendship between James Robert "Radio" Kennedy (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and Coach Harold Jones (Ed Harris), and how their example transforms the attitudes of a small South Carolina town.

'Chainsaw Massacre' remake too bloody to be stylish
Even if you haven't seen the original TCM, and hadn't heard of it before now, you can probably guess the plot: kids meet crazy guy with chainsaw, then get killed by crazy guy with chainsaw.

If you must, see 'Scary Movie 3'
I don't remember too clearly whether I saw the first two Scary Movies. I have hazy memories of blood and sex and violence ... wait, that might be a flashback from those times I flipped by Fox News. Something's coming to me about O'Reilly, Bush and some hedge clippers.

Review: Career mode stands out in 'Gamebreaker'
If you dream of the latter, 989 Sports' NCAA Gamebreaker 2004 may make you dance an end zone jig in your living room. But, if you still dream of making the touchdown or sacking the quarterback, Gamebreaker will not be anything better than the last 2,000 college football simulations you've seen.

Don't I Know You? Al Franken
My dear "Don't-I-Know-You" readers, I must admit that I sort of cheated on this week's column. Every week I'm supposed to write about personalities from ASU's campus. Just when I thought I was hitting a dry spot, I found a whole new crop of personalities - and I promise I will be talking to them in the weeks to come. But this week I had the opportunity to interview one of the most controversial personalities in the country, Al Franken.

CD Round-up: Ari Hest, Vertical Horizon, The Raveonettes
CD reviews the current albums by the Raveonettes, Ari Hest, and Vertical Horizon.

Feeling hot, hot, hot!
Finally, the Valley has some theatrical entertainment that's hotter than the weather, but forget the suit and tie - this isn't Masterpiece Theatre.

Teatro Caliente (that's "hot theatre" for you non-Spanish speakers) is a two-day festival that features ethnically diverse performances in theater, performance art, installation art, cyber-art, dance and music.

Harry's Potshot: 'Barry Trotter'
Unless you've been living in a Siberian cave for the past three years, you have either been struck by Harry Potter mania or laughed at those who have. J.K. Rowling and her fictional protagonist with a lightning-bolt-shaped scar on his forehead have not only churned out books for the world to latch onto, but also has generated movies, toys, dolls, shoes, clothes, candy and all the other shameless merchandising you would come to expect with a pop culture craze. Everyone is cashing in on the magical land of wizards and witchcraft, and Michael Gerber seems to have no problem riding on Harry's coattails (or wizard's robes) to make a buck.

Giving Bon Jovi a good name
In front of the Hard Rock Café in Phoenix, adoring fans flock toward Tony, Paul, Bret, Donnie and Erik. Their names might not be well known across the country, but in the world of West Coast Bon Jovi cover bands, they're famous. Their band, New Jersey, named after the hometown of Bon Jovi and one of the first Bon Jovi albums, performs to packed houses several times a month in California and Arizona.

Murphy's Law: Café courtesies
What I've also noticed about people who are willing to do things sans cash is that they usually produce quality products. And this is why I'm interested to try the food at The Gallery Café in Phoenix.

Tubas Blow!
Five days a week, just past the crack of dawn, you can see them coming from all corners of campus, awkwardly misshapen packages in tow. Though it's early, as soon as the family of 18 congregates, the joking, giggling and snickering commences. A silent signal from the man in front tells them it's time to make love ... to their tubas, that is.

Review: 'Rugby 2004:' Steep learning curve but addictive
If looking for something that combines the confusion of psychedelic drug use with the violence of football, look no further than EA Sports Rugby 2004. Coming from a person who once actually played the game of rugby, this game is about as easy to pick up as a Calc II.

Review: GBA 'Super Mario 3' an improved blast from the past
There are many things in the world that are just good, but what happens when something good becomes something great? What words do you use to describe such a phenomenon? Sure, staunch linguists would probably bring up the words "improvement," "enhancement," "upgrade," "advance," "innovation," "development," and "progress" - but I don't need all those fancy words.

Review: 'Arc the Lad' gives 'Final Fantasy' run for money
Games of the turn-based variety have been sparse in the US since the heydays of the Super Nintendo, and the recent release of Arc the Lad is a welcome addition to the Playstation2 lineup.

Review: 'Max Payne 2' over before you know it
Although the excellent storytelling and the spot-on gameplay both have returned in this sequel, the true downfall of Max Payne 2 is the horrendously short length and abysmal replay value.

Story of journalist's murder borders on perfection
Based on a true story, Veronica Guerin stars Kate Blanchett as a fearless crime reporter whose mission to expose the driving forces behind Ireland's mid 1990s drug epidemic, results in her murder.

Belle & Sebastian's 'Dear Catastrophe Waitress' ironic
This album injects me with guilt for giving up the trombone. Glasgow's ambitious independent rock band continues to dish out their ironic style marked with gleeful chords and vocals contrasted with dark lyrics.

Letters to the Editor: Show me the Nazi evidence
The letters in response to recent columns, including a note from a reader challenging Eric Spratling to find examples in the media in which Bush or his family is given a Nazi label. The reader said there was little evidence.

Boos & Bravos: Bravo for feathering the Tar Heels
BRAVO to the ASU football team. You guys really feathered those Tar Heels last Saturday. BOO to the referees during the game. The Sun Devils were given 16 penalties to the Tar Heels' three.

Boys guilty, not video games
Saying that a video game caused them to murder is simply an easy excuse for the Buckner brothers. They committed a grave crime, they did it under their own will, and they alone should face the consequences.

Double-click on bigotry
Just like Rush Limbaugh, Gregg Easterbrook is a big fat idiot. It doesn't matter if a journalist takes 20 days or 20 years to mutter something undignified, hateful and stupid in public. It shouldn't be done. Period.

You won't find dirt on Mayes
With her recent appointment to Arizona Corporation Commissioner, the media is trying to create a skeleton to put in Kris Mayes' closet. A word to the media: Please deliver newsworthy subjects and leave out the gossip.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

Roll models: Women's Arizona Roller Derby team
"Anyone who doesn't have any ethical issues getting spanked needs to be there," a pigtailed Denise Shuebert, president of the Arizona Roller Derby, says to a group of 15 punk rockers outside Casey Moore's bar in Tempe on Saturday evening. The tattooed individuals sit around a picnic table as the sun sets, smoking cigarettes, drinking beers and talking about their latest endeavors in their quest to bring the nearly dead sport of roller derby back to life.

Edible educatıon: Art Institute of Phoenix student chefs
"To cleanse your palette," my server says as she places a chilled glass of homemade sherbet in front of me. It is served between my salad and main course, and I almost tell her to take it back. My mom doesn't let me eat dessert in the middle of dinner. But Mom isn't here, so I indulge.

Devil Bites: Blaine learns to think outside of box
Memorable quotes from the past week's news, including a thought from David Blaine on emerging from a plastic box suspended over London for 44 days. During the time, he lived without food and said he learned a lot.

MU hosts peace symposium
Six distinguished religious leaders shared methods of achieving personal peace at a symposium held Wednesday in the Alumni Lounge of the Memorial Union.

Although each of the speakers represented a different religion with its own set of beliefs, all of them agreed on the importance of faiths uniting in the name of world peace.

On the Web: Dave Barry
I spent two hours reading about Dave Barry on the Internet, and all I got is this lousy column. For those of you not familiar with his work, Barry is sort of the Lord of the Everyman, with an emphasis in Cheez-its.

Devil Dish: Hoping Larkin will rage in the cage
Both Eric Larkin and Dan Severn were multiple All-Americans as Sun Devil wrestlers. In college, both men dominated their weight class. Maybe one day we will see Eric "The Quick" Larkin taking on The Rock ... or not.

Soccer heads to SoCal
The Sun Devils (8-2-3, 2-0-1 Pac-10) will square off with the Bruins (10-1-3, 3-0-1 Pac-10) today at Drake Stadium in a showdown between two of the conference's top teams. Many cards will not be in favor of ASU.

The Edge: Devils should win close match vs. Bruins
Despite the close score in last week's win over North Carolina, ASU outplayed the Tar Heels throughout the game. The tilt with the Bruins will be one of the closest games of the season. Both teams have solid talent.

ASU shoots for 3rd straight win at UCLA
After the ASU football team was down in the dumps following a three-game losing streak, head coach Dirk Koetter said there were three phases to resurrect the Sun Devils' season.

First they needed to get a win. Then he said they needed to get a win on the road. Finally, Koetter said the Sun Devils needed a Pac-10 win on the road. And that will have to come when ASU heads west to play UCLA.

Volleyball looks to sweep 'Cats
The ASU volleyball team is hoping history doesn't repeat itself Saturday as the team matches up against rival UA for the second time this season. In the first meeting this year, ASU came from behind for a comeback-win.

Football: Bruins rebound from rough start
When head coach Karl Dorrell and the UCLA Bruins opened up the season 1-2, there were whispers in Westwood that maybe athletic director Dan Guerrero hadn't made the right choice to lead to Bruin football team.

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